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Method and Madness Rye and Malt released by Irish Distillers

Irish Distillers is continuing to push the boundaries of Irish whiskey with the launch of Method and Madness Rye and Malt – the first aged experimental distillate created at the company’s innovation hub in Midleton, the Micro Distillery. 

The company says Rye and Malt is an Irish whiskey "bursting with floral notes and a spicy character" which represents the young team's "fearless and relentless approach to trial and error".

To create it, the Micro Distillery team double-distilled a mash of rye and malted barley and left it to mature in ex-Bourbon American oak barrels. 

This release was hand-crafted in the Micro Distillery under the care of distiller Katherine Condon, who joined Irish Distillers as part of the company’s Graduate Distiller Programme in 2014. 

The Method and Madness journey first began six years ago when the Micro Distillery opened its doors with a mission to further support the resurgence of Irish whiskey, drawing on research into wood influences and cereal mixes, and historic mash bills from the Irish Distillers Archive.

Katherine Condon said: "It has been an honour to be part of the Micro Distillery team from its inception in 2015 to today, sharing the first ever drops of whiskey produced there with the world.

"We have been inspired by the innovators in Irish whiskey who came before us. In turn, we have questioned tradition and challenged convention to follow their inspiration and drive the Irish whiskey category forward for a new generation of creators, consumers, and indeed, suppliers."

Bottled at 46% ABV, the limited-edition Method and Madness Rye and Malt Irish Whiskey will be available from 20 September in Ireland, the UK, Dublin Airport and online (RRP of €95).

9 September 2021 - Bethany Whymark